Rich’s Ramblings: Special New Year’s Edition

Rich Klein’s wishes for 2012 include good vibes for the sports card show and hobby shop community.

2011 Topps UFC Moment of Truth Box Break

Rich Klein enters the octagon with the newest UFC product from Topps.

Variety, Quantity Make 1922 Attractive Target Year for Card Collectors

A couple of major issues and some eclectic cards make 1922 stand out as a year that attracts buyers–and sellers.

1956 Topps Baseball Set: Last of the Oversize Concept

Topps kept its winning theme going in 1956–bigger cards with action and portrait art on the front. Fifty-five years later, collectors are paying big bucks for the cards every Yankee fan wanted.

Panini Giving Away Stanley Cup

…well, not the actual Cup. But it does have championship provenance.

Happy 4th of July!

Enjoy the extra day off…we are.

Look inside for the week’s top stories.

Unopened Baseball Cards: True Test of Willpower, Patience

The iconic pack is still the foundation of collecting. To open or not open…that is the question.

Cuddyer: Harmon Taught Me How to Sign Autographs

Michael Cuddyer of the Minnesota Twins isn’t old enough to have seen Harmon Killebrew play, but in a terrific column for FSN North, he recalls some of the things the late slugger did to help him–including how to treat fans.

Collector Chronicles Championship Jewelry

The Uni Watch blog detours into the fascinating arena of rare and valuable title bling.

Exquisite Basketball Cards Carved Niche

Upper Deck’s Exquisite line defined the high-end hoops market during the last decade.

Fleer Baseball Came on Strong in 80s, Then Left

After winning the long fight to make trading cards to compete with Topps, Fleer ultimately met its demise…but not before causing a splash or two.

2010-11 In The Game Between the Pipes Review

A look at ITG’s latest goalie-centered hockey card set.

Signed T206 Card Among Auction Highlights

MnM Sportscards combines scarcity with history in one of the lots in its online auction, set to begin this weekend.

2010-11 Upper Deck SPx Hockey Released

Shadowbox inserts return for another year with autographed versions this time around. SPx ‘Finite Rookies’ will provide added chase with three different tiers of numbering.

Ruth, Gehrig Tribute Auto Card Back on Block

A 2010 Topps Tribute Legendary Lineups cut signature card pulled from an auction earlier this month, has gotten a second positive authentication and will go back up on the auction block today.

Packers 1929 Throwbacks Being Sold

Love ’em or loathe ’em, those wacky Packer uniforms from last Sunday’s game are being offered for sale.

James Naismith’s Original Basketball Rules

The rules of basketball pinned to the wall of a Massachusetts gym by Dr. James Naismith.

Love for Hockey Spurs 70+ Years of Collecting

Gerry Downs has lived all over eastern Canada, carrying decades worth of cards, autographs and anything else hockey-related with him.

Pristine Post Cereal Panels Could Pull Plenty

They were meant to be cut…but not everyone thought so. Collectors and speculators salivate when uncut Post Cereal back panels come up for bid.

2010 Topps Allen & Ginter Review

Allen & Ginter appeals to those who like a little something other than baseball in their card packs.